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This is one of those matches that I didn’t watch when it went down (as I wasn’t really watching wrestling at the time), but in my gorging of the years I missed, this one stuck out as being one of those Mania matches that is the definition of “show-stealing.” You know, what Dolph Ziggler always claims he does, whether he truly does steal the show or just puts on a good match (there IS a difference).
Shawn and Jericho had been building a feud, one that has Chris proclaiming his standom of Shawn Michaels, but ending up causing Shawn all kinds of havoc. They are some of the BEST storytellers of the modern era, and they knew how to put on a show in the ring, so there was no way this match was going to be crap. Also, Michaels was at a point where he was establishing WHY he was Mr. Wrestlemania; it’s not about having the biggest marquee match on the bill, but having a solid back-and-forth clinic that could steal the show.
Their feud was already amazing, but this match was on a card that included Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, The Rock vs. Steve Austin, AND a streetfight between Hogan and McMahon. They had no title on the line, and went on fifth, but they put on the ski masks and threw Mania 19 in their Jansports with a properly laid out bout that told a great story, allowing each other to shine.
Sunday’s SummerSlam, has a great card. One match that holds my attention particularly is Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler. The build was one of the best we’ve seen with Dolph, its been one of the better built programs heading into the third biggest show of the year.
When CM Punk wrestled Daniel Bryan, 2 weeks ago on WWE Monday Night RAW, I got a shit load of tweets saying FINALLY “pure wrestling”. The idea of “pure wrestling” is more of an opinionated statement. Locks, holds, escapes and an explosive back and fourth with a lengthy time limit give short but matches that have impact a bad rap. I think idea of “pure wrestling” is telling a story in the ring. To quill pure wrestling enthusiast next week I will blog a match that could be the definition of “pure wrestling”.
Its not rare to see a great technical wrestling on RAW. I think most just like to bitch and moan because they aren’t paying attention to Dolph, Cody and Kofi who are ALL technical wrestlers. What was rare was this match between Bryan and Punk. It came out of nowhere, which was cool. Wrestling fans nowadays take the Internet for granted with results and spoilers, so the surprise factor to me was great.
The last time these two faced each other was at ROH back April 2004. Matches like this really highlight how amazing the talent in the WWE really is. Anyone else notice the ROH handshake at the beginning of the match? The code of honor in a WWE ring…AMAZING. After the match I was asked why wasn’t there a clean finish?
Two reasons. The obvious…Being you cannot have one champion superior over the other, it shows weakness. The champion always has to be the “best” of the company. Jericho lost the rumble the night before so doing a run in on Punk during Raw did a great job of setting Punk vs. Jericho.
We all are going to have a markgasim for Punk vs Jericho at WrestleMania, but lets chat for a moment about Bryan vs Sheamus. Bryan and Sheamus will put on a great match. Sheamus and Bryan had some fantastic matches last year on RAW, contrary to all his squash matches Sheamus is very good. He is second most over babyface on SmackDown. If and when Bryan is victorious at Elimination Chamber this month, Bryan will be walking into WrestleMania as champion. Remember last year when Bryan and Sheamus were suppose to be on the card for WrestleMania but got dropped from the broadcast and made into a dark match before the show? What a difference a year makes.
Normally I review Monday Night Raw in its entirety, but since were in a new year I’m going to do something a tad different. The Good, The Bad Monday Night Raw.
This is going to be what I liked and disliked about the program. Raw and Smackdown air for several hours on Universal HD for time warner cable on Saturday nights, I get to view both programs twice and it really cement what I like or didn’t. I have the flu so bare with me if my enthusiasm is non existent. My brain feels like its trapped under Rick Ross’s underboob. Insane pressure.
WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston vs. World Champion Daniel Bryan
Bryan came out, very confident pointing at the Championship and going “I’m the Champion!!!!”. Bryan caught Kofi with the LeBell Lock in a very nice spot where Kofi came off the top rope with a reverse cross body.
Bryan did an over the top celebration after the match, standing on the barrier and on the announce table kept going “YES!!!!”. Bryan winning clean against Kofi this week and Cody last week establishes the heel “IM THE CHAMP AND IM GREAT” character. Bryan is doing a great job of being the cocky. The fact the announce team is treating Danielson like he got lucky really builds the to the heat.
If you thought Anyone but Chris Jericho would return yesterday ex this tab out now. Jericho saying the mystery man was Brock was a red herring. With all these cryptic videos the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) knew these promos were Jericho related.
I can not tell a lie, I’m kinda bored with Jericho’s come backs. Reinvention is always a good thing. Jericho’s character’s have never stale thats for sure, I think thats why were all a bit like what the fuck was that on Monday Night Raw.
We’re all use to Jericho’s grand return which leads to the massive crowd pop, wordie promo and crowd change. Yet this time it was a bit different. Jericho was slapping fives and pandering the crowd. He went into the ring grabbed the mic said nothing and left. At first I quite upset I thought the celebration was going on to long, then I re watch his return upon second viewing, I realized the sarcasm of all.
Jericho was building heat. Clearly Jericho will be a heel and this particular return was mocking the WWE “universe” for its embrace of CM Punk. Jericho’s new character seems like a self centered, Hollywood diva. He’s playing a different heel maybe the egomaniac cant have someone else calling them selves “best in the world”.
Many fans on Twitter had a mix reaction for Jericho’s return. Some thought It was brilliant and others thought total let-down. It was neither. By saying nothing he did what he had to do create heat.
The crowd pop’d when he first came out and boo’d when he exited the arena. There’s going to be a steady build to this in weeks to come. All roads to Punk/Jericho at WrestleMania. I predict Jericho will win the rumble and then choose to face CM Punk at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship.
The one issue I had with his return was the promos had nothing in common with the actual return. What did the girl in the promos have to do with his return? I need to know the “she that holds the mystery of your rebirth” bullshit. Maybe the mysterious girl is a metaphor for CM Punk? Hopefully this isn’t a work and were lead down the Positively Page route.
I have been reading Chris Jericho’s book, I’m up to his days in WCW. Jericho talk about a lot of things mostly how ass backwards WCW was run. In on particular chapter Jericho talks about a segment he did on Nitro where he reads off from a list all the wrestling moves he knows. (this was building a feud with Dean Malenko who was nicked named “the man of a 1000 holds”)
I am a fan of jokes or references that reoccur in a bit, if its done right its a successful tool in comedy. Count how many times Jericho uses Arm Bar. I giggled no lie
I really wasn’t a die hard Jericho fan until I started reading his book. I always thought his abilities as a performer where amazing. From reading his book I now remember how good his WCW work was. WCW dropped the ball & never utilized his talents.